A Scientist's Aim: Save the Bees

Star Tribune   By Josephine Marcotty, Photos by Renee Jones Schneider   September 28, 2014

Marla Spivak, a star researcher at the University of Minnesota, has become one of the country’s leading champions for bees. Now she’s fighting for their survival.

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Marla Spivak sat on the curb outside an emergency room in Arizona nearly four decades ago holding a jar with a lone honeybee buzzing around inside. She was 22, and on her way to a summer job with a renowned bee researcher.

She had no idea what she wanted to do with her life, only that she desperately wanted to understand those mysterious creatures who were somehow better than people at making a society. But a year... 

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